Google has morphed into a serious hardware company. It’s set to launch new Pixel 3 phones , Pixel Buds and a wearOS smartwatch, and currently sells lines of Daydream VR headsets, Pixelbooks, Home, Chromecast and Nest products.
With all that, it’s hard to believe Google has never had a retail store, but that might change soon. It’s planning a two-level shop in a 14,000 square foot building at Fulton Market District, near its headquarters in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Google has come close to opening brick and mortar retail locations. In 2015, it planned to launch a retail shop a half block away from an Apple Store in New York, but ended up sub-leasing the space in the end.
The closest it has come is with its Google Shop inside Currys in London, and pop-up stores in New York, LA, and elsewhere.